TE Trey Burton Signs With Colts

Trey Burton #80 with the Chicago Bears in 2018. Photo by Thearon W. Henderson/Getty Images

Tight end Trey Burton, who was released by the Chicago Bears just last week, did not have to wait long to find a new team to join in the National Football League.

The veteran tight end signed a league-minimum deal to join the Indianapolis Colts on Wednesday, bolstering the team’s receiving corps for incoming starting quarterback Philip Rivers.

Burton was let go by the Bears after a disappointing 2019 season that saw him miss multiple games with injury. Chicago, wanting to clear salary cap space, decided to let go of the tight end that they had signed to a four-year deal prior to the 2018 season.

Indianapolis took advantage of the tight end’s newfound availability in the market as they look to upgrade a unit that was hurt by Eric Ebron’s departure to the Pittsburgh Steelers earlier this offseason.

Burton caught only 14 passes for 84 yards for the Bears last season, but had a much more productive 2018 season in which he caught 54 passes for 569 yards and a career high of 6 touchdowns.

The pass catcher, who will turn 29 years old this October, will attempt to get past his injury woes from last season to re-establish himself as a reliable target for the Colts’ offense.